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  • August

    Pilas, or outdoor sinks, are common in the highlands of Guatemala. This pila in Paxor II is connected to a spring-based water supply, and International Engineering and Design students instrumented it with a datalogger to collect water quality, water pressure, and water use information.

  • September

    Students participated in evaluating the performance of Ecofiltros used in a canton, or village, near Putzan. Field analyses were performed for lead, arsenic, silver, and coliform.

  • November

    Fecal pathogens are naturally-occurring drinking water contaminants which cause increased infant mortality rates. IEAD and WAGL measured bacteria concentrations before and after filtration to evaluate the filters’ effectiveness.

  • December

    Sawdust is mixed with clay to form small bacteria-trapping pores in the Ecofiltros. After the green clay is fired in a kiln, colloidal silver is painted on the filters to provide bactericidal properties. Students use a basic sieve to collect the appropriate-sized sawdust.

  • January

    Women as Global Leaders students conduct fundraising activities on campus to buy school supplies to take to Guatemala. During the school visits there are opportunities to interact one-on-one with the children.

  • February

    Ground water is a viable source of high-quality drinking water in the highlands of Guatemala. A student is collecting data in the canton of Sacala San Martin Jilotepeque to find out the feasibility of using solar or wind energy to reduce ground water pumping costs.

  • March

    The green Ecofiltros are wood-fired in brick kilns at the Ecofiltro facility. Students instrumented the kilns with thermocouples to collect kiln performance data.

  • April

    Women as Global Leaders students frequently receive individual donations from faith-based and community organizations. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were distributed to students at the rural school of Caserio El Caman Chicaman in Patzun Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

  • May

    Springs called naciemientos are important sources of domestic water for rural residences in the Guatemala highlands. The water is piped via gravity from the concrete naciemiento boxes to homes that are sometimes more than 15 km away. IEAD students collected water quality data at naciemientos near San Sebastian de Lemoa.

  • June

    Local clay is used in the manufacture of Ecofiltros. The clay has to be dried and broken into small pieces by hand before the final milling and mixing with sawdust. Students help with the manual clay processing.

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